For many people in Tucson, deep tissue massage is an important part of injury or illness recovery. Some doctors recommend massage to patients with muscular or tissue injuries, and sports medicine doctors recommend massage for athletic patients who need to boost recovery times in periods of intense training or athletic conditioning.
Some people use deep tissue massage to deal with regular aches and pains that impact their comfort and mobility. These patients often ask their healthcare providers if they’re a candidate for massage as a supplementary therapy, and most doctors are quick to agree. If your doctor agrees or recommends a massage, it’s time to begin the process of locating a deep tissue massage therapist in Tucson that will work for you.
Who Is A Candidate For Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is an effective technique for breaking up the scar tissue that forms on the site of a musculoskeletal injury. Muscle strains, athletic injuries, some post-surgery patients, and individuals recovering from certain types of accidents may have this scar tissue present. The scar tissue creates tension in the muscle, making it difficult for patients to fully utilize the range of the muscle’s natural motion.
Massage also works to increase the circulation of oxygen rich blood to the muscles, and the muscles need this blood to promote the recovery process. The elimination of scar tissue in conjunction with improved drainage and circulation will encourage the body to heal faster, allowing massage therapy recipients to resume normal activity much sooner than individuals who just “wait it out” until they can resume light (and eventually normal) activity.
Alternatives To Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is an intensive treatment. Some people find that the pressure and motion of deep tissue massage causes too much discomfort. Deep tissue massage is a somewhat relaxing experience, but individuals with low pain tolerances or high levels of tenderness in the impacted muscle may find that deep tissue massage is a bit too much.
Many discomforts treated with deep tissue massage can also be treated with the gentler approach of Swedish massage, often to the same end. Because Swedish massage uses lighter pressure to achieve the same goal, it’s not uncommon for individuals using Swedish massage to require more sessions to achieve the same result. An experienced massage therapist will be able to make an assessment regarding how many sessions a patient will need, as well as the length of those sessions. Massage can (and should) always be adapted to suit an individual’s needs.
Finding A Deep Tissue Massage Therapist Through Referrals
Your doctor or physical therapist who recommended deep tissue massage therapy may be able to refer you to a massage therapist they’ve worked with in the past. If this is not an option, it helps to ask family and friends if they’ve worked with a massage therapist for their recovery needs. If you do not have anyone in your personal network who was satisfied with massage therapy services that they’ve received, you can search the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or the American Massage Therapy Association’s listings for qualified massage therapists near you. After you’ve located suitable candidates, it’s a good idea to look up the therapist or day spa online. Customer reviews can provide valuable insights that will help you narrow down your list of potential candidates.
Checking Massage Experience And Credentials
If you’ve found a massage therapist you’re interested in working with, begin by checking his or her credentials. You want to be sure that your massage therapist is certified for your health and safety. Once you’re certain that the individual is licensed, you’ll want to ask questions about his or her experience.
Massage therapists often pick one or more areas of focus for the types of massage they provide. Not every massage therapist is experienced in providing intensive services like deep tissue massage. These massage therapists often have a highly medical approach to massage therapy, rather than a soothing and relaxing approach that most people seek for casual wellness massages.
A massage therapist who is well versed in deep tissue massage should easily be able to review information provided by your healthcare provider or consult with you on your symptoms to create an approach that will provide the highest possible amount of relief. Everyone is different, and the right massage therapist will know this.
Greentoes Is Here To Meet Your Massage Needs
The licensed massage therapists at Greentoes in Tucson and Greentoes North near Casas Adobes and Catalina Foothills, work in a wide variety of massage specialties, including deep tissue massage. We understand how important it is to create a calm, quiet environment where patients can fully relax to experience the benefits of their massage. If you’re interested in booking a deep tissue massage or speaking with a licensed massage therapist about how deep tissue massage will benefit you, you can make an appointment online now or by phone. Come find your calm at Greentoes.